Italy’s champions PIACENZA celebrate first CL victory
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Women
Piacenza, Italy, October 31, 2013. Italy’s champions RebecchiNMeccanica PIACENZA – another rookie in Europe’s elite club competition – bounced back from last week’s defeat to Dinamo MOSCOW to down Crvena Zvezda BEOGRAD of Serbia in straight sets (25-18, 25-18, and 25-11) to take three points from their first home match in the competition. The guests from Serbia did never really find their way into the game with the only exception being the early phases of the second set.
The silver medalists from the 2013 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup where they lost the final to Russia’s Dinamo KRASNODAR, RebecchiNMeccanica PIACENZA caught a very good start as they clearly set the pace of the game 16:8 at the second technical time-out of the opening set. The home heroines around head coach Gianni Caprara looked very determined and focused whereas their opponents were struggling to find their tempo. Liesbet Vindevoghel stood out for PIACENZA in the final section of the first set finishing it off at 25-18.
The game continued the same way also in the second set even though Crvena Zvezda was able to minimize their errors. This time Floortje Meijners, Lise Van Hecke and Lucia Bosetti were those who anchored the home side (19:14) and PIACENZA could wrap it up once more at 25-18 making the difference with their efficiency in attack (44% vs. 30% for BEOGRAD).
The home heroines dominated the scene right from the go in the third set going up 11:3 and forcing Serbian mentor Ratko Pavlicevic into an early time-out. It did not change much as Italy’s champions cruised to a comfortable 25-11 to claim their first victory ever in the CEV Volleyball Champions League.
Lucia Bosetti top scored in the end with 15 points with Van Hecke and Meijners also finishing the game in double digits as they chipped in with 14 and 12 respectively. On the other side of the net, Adela Helic scored 14 for Crvena Zvezda while Ljubica Kecman and Mina Popovic totaled 6 apiece.
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